It’s not a secret that I love staycations and Airbnb is one of my favorite booking platforms. One reason is that you can find rooms that are not available in regular booking websites. These include stylish condo units, beach houses with a nice beachfront or snorkeling area or both, resthouses in idyllic farms or mountainous landscapes.
I use Airbnb for mini-vacations and sometimes even when I need space to work.
Here I’m going to tell you about my favorite Airbnb staycations in or near Manila.
But first, let me tell you what are the things I look for in an Airbnb unit.
- Design and aesthetics. I love beautiful architecture and IG-worthy corners, obviously.
- Location. I prefer listings that are only 1-2 hours away from Manila. Anything further is fine as well, as long as I’m able to book at least 2 nights since commuting or driving can get pretty tiring. Also, is the unit close to stores and restaurants?
- Accessibility. Is it mobile friendly? I don’t mind a little walk every now and then, but I don’t want to spend my energy just going from one place to another. Hali and I once booked a small beach-front house that overlooks the ocean, but going to the beach below requires walking down a flight of 100+ steps which we’d regretted.
- Activities. I love staycations but obviously there needs to be other activities available, whether it’s strolling around a farm, swimming in a pool or a beach, videoke or other entertainment and more.
Now that’s out of the way, here are my favorite Airbnb staycations!
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1. Ataalaya Farmhouse (Alitagtag, Batangas)
Ataalaya Farmhouse is a private bed-and-breakfast located in Alitagtag, Batangas. The house sits across a hill facing Taal Lake and Mount Maculot on the side.
One of my first thoughts about Ataalaya Farmhouse is that it’s the most beautiful Airbnb I’ve seen and that is still true. The views are amazing and the two-story house is exceptional as well, with a prominent Filipino design mixed with Cape Dutch and Indian styles.
There’s an outdoor jacuzzi, where you can take photos with Taal Lake in the background. There’s also a farm across the house which you can visit if you wish to see some animals.
2. Narra Hill (Tagaytay, Cavite)
Narra Hill is a hidden gem located about 30 minutes from the city proper of Tagaytay.
This bed-and-breakfast features cottages and rooms facing a lush mountainside in Tagaytay. There is a dipping pool and a narrow swimming pool where you can swim and relax. In terms of IG-worthiness, this certainly ticks the boxes.
A friend and I booked a premiere suite near the swimming pool, and it was comfortable, cozy and romantic. I particularly love the addition of a bathtub in the bathroom.
Narra Hill also serves delicious meals for an additional fee. This is where I tasted one of the best cassava cakes I’ve had.
3. Little House by the Beach
Little House by the Beach is a private beach house in Barangay Sawang in Lobo, Batangas. It’s about 3 hours away from Manila.
This wasn’t included in my bucket list, and I only chanced upon the listing when I was searching for staycations that was still available during the last holidays.
The beach house features a narrow but well-used space, with one bed and couch good up to 4 people. It also has a fully furnished kitchen and two bathrooms. I find the design quirky and inspired, with heavy doors, old-fashioned kitchen area with hanging pots and pans, and nautical-themed decorations such as display signages.
The best thing about the Little House by the Beach is that it’s located across a snorkeling area filled with healthy corals and fishes, so you can easily don a pair of aqua shoes and snorkeling gear and set off to a fun underwater discovery.
Lobo is a popular location for snorkeling and diving, so you might want to book here during off-peak season to enjoy the place to yourselves.
4. Lily Vacation Farmhouse (Jalajala, Rizal)
Lily Vacation Farmhouse is private resort located in Jalajala, Rizal. It’s a little out of the day, especially if you’re used to going to more accessible locations such as Laguna, Cavite or Batangas but I guarantee that it’s worth the drive.
It features a house with 3 bedrooms, cottages, and an outdoor pool. The farmhouse sits in a wide grassy area surrounded by trees, so you’re guaranteed a relaxing stay.
The farmhouse also offers activities including horseback riding, ATV ride and visit to the animals in the farm.
This is a great choice for a group of friends or families.
5. Casa Belinda (Lipa, Batangas)
Casa Belinda is a private resort in Lipa, Batangas. This is another great option for a group stay.
You can book individual rooms or reserve the whole resort for yourself. If you’re only a small group, I suggest getting the standalone two-bedroom cottage as it’s located further in the back, just before the gardens.
Casa Belinda features a swimming pool, jacuzzi and lounge where you can play billiards and other games. You may also explore the lettuce plantation and animal houses, where you can order fresh organic lettuce for your meals.
I like Casa Belinda for its aesthetics and location — it’s accessible as it’s just a few minutes from the center of Lipa but secluded enough for the guests to enjoy a quiet stay.
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So far, these are my favorite Airbnb staycations near Manila. Do you have other suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!